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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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May 14,1977

Posted 04-25-2018 at 07:25 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 05-21-2018 at 06:47 AM by TommyJohn

May 14,1977
vs. Cleveland Indians
at Comiskey Park

The Sox get hot in May, going 8-3 over their first 11 games. They came home from a two week road trip to meet the Indians on Friday the 13th, which the ever-creative Veeck promoted as "anti-Superstition Night." Mirrors were brought out to the field and smashed in defiance of old wives' tales. The Sox then slapped the Indians 5-3.

The next day was a bright and early game. The Sox were holding a "Breakfast Special" game in conjunction with McDonald's for the second year in a row. 13,923 fans turned out for this one and once again got samples of Mickey D breakfast food. Starting pitcher Ken Brett threw the game's first pitch at 10:30AM.

After a quiet 1st inning, the Sox erupted in the 2nd. Richie Zisk led off the inning by smashing a long triple to centerfield off Indian starter Jim Bibby. It was the second centerfield triple in as many games for the not-so-fleet-of-foot Zisk, who was starting to show signs of busting out of his home stadium slump. Jim Spencer followed that up by crushing a two run home run.

The Sox were just getting started. They rang Bibby up for another run before he was hooked and replaced with Sid Monge, who also got hit hard. When Zisk stepped up for the second time in the inning with Alan Bannister on 2nd and Ralph Garr on 3rd, manager Frank Robinson ordered him intentionally walked to bring up Spencer.

That was a mistake. Spencer made them pay by lashing his second hit of the inning, a single that scored Garr and Bannister. By the time the third out was made, the Sox had a 7-0 lead.

That was just a warm up. The Sox held that lead in the 4th when they loaded the bases on two walks and a single off pitcher Pat Dobson. Jim Spencer stepped to the plate and crashed a long drive towards right. The crowd roared as the ball landed in the stands for a grand slam, the first of Spencer's career. The shot made Spencer 3-for-3 with 8 runs batted in, which tied the Sox single game RBI record held jointly by Shoeless Joe Jackson, Carl Reynolds and Tommy McCraw. It gave the Sox an 11-0 lead.

Bob Lemon decided with such a big lead to start pulling his regulars. Zisk had already been pulled before the 4th inning for Wayne Nordhagen and Royle Stillman pinch-hit for Oscar Gamble following Spencer's slam. Spencer was also taken out of the game before the 5th inning and subbed with Lamar Johnson, despite Spencer's having a shot at an RBI record.

Lemon said after the game that he had no idea that Spencer needed one RBI for a team record at the time he pulled him from the game. "Next time he knocks in eight, I'll remind him" joked the Sox manager.

"It's a long season. It gave some other guys a chance to play" said team man Spence.

The Indians finally got on the board in the 5th. It started with a two out single by Bill Melton. Melty was playing in Cleveland this season after having hit .206 with 6 home runs with the Angels in 1976. With Harry Caray no longer around to blame for his bad play, Melton feuded with manager Dick Williams. It was with the Angels, however, that Melton hit what was undoubtedly the most famous home run of his career when he hooked up with former "I Dream of Jeannie" star Barbara Eden, 14 years his senior.

Fred Kendall followed Melton's single with a two run home run to make it 11-2.

But wait, there's more. The Sox subs went to work on Indians' pitching again, running up 7 more runs. Leading the way were Jack Brohamer, who delivered a run-scoring single for his second RBI, and Jerry Hairston, who chipped in a single and a double that drove in 3 runs.

Bob Lemon pulled Brett after 8 innings and inserted Wilbur Wood for the 9th inning. Woodie got 3 easy outs and the Sox took the game 18-2, their highest scoring game of the year thus far. The win gave Brett a record of 5-2.

Sox fans who came out for breakfast and baseball went home full.

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